Officially #FitFabFeb2019 starts on Monday 4th February because I like to start things at the beginning of a week 🙂 However, if we want to succeed we need to plan otherwise we will procrastinate, the end of February will arrive and nothing will have changed.
This might be a longer post but it is important to start off in an organised and positive way if we have any hope of making things happen. Hang in until the end it will be worth it.
My idea for #FitFabFeb2019 is to make lifestyle changes to be healthier and happier. I don’t have all the answers and it won’t be a quick fix but I do hope that together we will be able to put into place a good foundation to keep building on.
I don’t want us to say on 28th Feb, ‘okay, that’s done, now I can go back to the old ways’.
I want us to be feeling so good that we want to keep incorporating the changes and making them our lifestyle.
Having a plan makes achieving our goals easier so our ‘homework’ before Monday, 4th February will be to design a plan that is unique to our needs.
#FitFabFeb2019 is not just about physical health it is also about our mental health, our spiritual health and considering where we are now and where we want to be.
I can guide you throughout the month and provide you with tips, inspiration and ideas but I can’t do it for you. You need to be conscious of what YOU NEED AND WHAT CHANGES YOU WANT TO MAKE and then make the Commitment to yourself to start working towards your end goal.
How to Plan
Most of us have heard about the S.M.A.R.T. system for setting goals. Our goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
Sometimes however, we aren’t really sure what we want. A good place to start is by doing a life audit and then a life plan. I’ve written about these before so I suggest you quickly read what they mean and then start planning.
Tools for Planning
Planning for me is being organised. I’m a ‘list girl’ and enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off items as they are done.
The tools I use and will be using throughout #FitFabFeb2019 and beyond are:
A Vision book
You may have heard of a Vision Board and also Journals. I have been working with a client on helping her make positive changes in her life. We came up with the idea of a Vision Book.
A large notebook that can be divided into sections of your life or dreams that you want to make a reality. You can add images or write thoughts and reminders and goals. It is portable so you can take it with you and if you have an idea you can jot it down. If you want to be really creative you can design bookmarks relevant to each section. The photo below is the one my client has made. She is very creative but it is up to you how you design the book – it is yours after all.
A Daily Calendar
You can print off a daily calendar HERE. Write your goals and sub-goals in for each week and then put it in a place where you will see it everyday.
Formulate your Plan
Define where you are now and who you are
Create a drawing of ‘the life of [insert your name]’
You can see by my crude diagram how I’ve done it. I’ve put my name in the centre circle and then branched out from there into the different things that I believe make up who I am or areas I would like to explore. You can ask a friend to help but we need to explore our inner self and know what makes us tick.
Then from the information in your drawing, answer these four questions:
‘What do I enjoy doing?’
Cross off all things you don’t enjoy in your life because you will be saying goodbye to those. You want to keep what will help you obtain happiness and fulfillment in life and delete the rest.
‘What do I want from ……?’
This will be all the things from each area that you have written down that you haven’t crossed off.
I recently read a post from Jo Tracey with a great idea of ‘Three for Thirty’ The idea is to change our habits but limit them to 3 each month, rather than trying to change everything immediately which can leave us feeling overwhelmed and more inclined to say ‘it’s all too hard’.
Using Three for Thirty
Select three items from your list of what you want to change or do more of and start with those for #FitFabFeb2019. Ideally it might be 1 from each category of body, mind and soul but choose what is best for you. You might only want to take on one area it’s your choice.
What are my non-negotiables?
Life can certainly get in the way of our plans but that shouldn’t deter us. In formulating your plan, work out what your ‘non-negotiables’ are for each week. These are the goals for the week that MUST HAPPEN. Don’t have too many but each Monday in my post I will remind you to think about what your non-negotiables are for the week and how you will acheive them.
How do I achieve this? This isn’t as difficult as it seems.
- The first thing you need to do is COMMIT to the process. If you don’t truly commit yourself to trying to make these changes, no amount of writing down ideas or thoughts will help.
- Secondly, write down your end goal then work out sub goals, or ‘baby steps’ as I like to call them, that will lead you to achieving your goal or goals. Make provision in your plan to celebrate in some way each ‘baby step’ you have achieved. This will keep you motivated to keep going. Be creative with your celebrations – it doesn’t have to be food. It could be a new outfit, having your nails done or buying a beautiful journal to record your thoughts.
- Be specific with your goal and how you intend to achieve it. For example:
- if you want to increase your fitness by the end of the month, decide how many times a week you will work out and book the sessions in your calendar. Then tick it off each time you do it.
- if you want to lose weight, start by recording everything you eat over a period of 5 days, then review it and see what changes you need to make.
- if making more time for yourself is a goal then schedule in ‘your time’ in a calendar each day and plan how you will use this time to increase your sense of fulfillment.
Lastly, make a Hope Map
I have mentioned before The Life Plan, Simple Strategies for a Meaningful Life by Shannah Kennedy.
Shannah asks the question and defines hope:
‘Have you mapped your hopes? Hope is the work of your head and your heart. Not only does it lift your spirits, it also buoys your energy, makes life worthwhile and changes your day-to-day behaviour. So what are you hoping for?’Quote from The Life Plan, Shannah Kennedy
Shannah then suggests making a Hope Map, which I think fits nicely with our goal setting and planning. I have taken a photo from the book to give you an idea of what the Hope Map is. Basically you select areas of your life, the goal, the obstacle, the pathway and the outcome.
You get the idea?
So are we ready to start planning to be FIT & FABULOUS? I know I am and I’m excited to have you join me. Remember it isn’t a competition, work at your own pace on what you want to achieve and set your own time frames.
You’ve got this!
I encourage you to share your own tips which may have worked for you. It’s all about evolving, growing and developing long lasting lifestyle changes.
Don’t forget to post your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #FitFabFeb2019 or join the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond – Let’s Thrive Facebook Group to join me for the mid week FB Live session and also to share your experience there. Supporting each other helps a great deal, especially on the days we struggle.
See you for a Facebook Live on Wednesday (time to be confirmed) then we kick off on Monday, 4th February for Day 1 of #FitFabFeb2019!